Dr. William Lewis graduated from West Point in 1975 and served as an Army officer for 22 years; retiring as a LTC. During his career most of his duties consisted of Aviation and acquisition assignments. He performed duties as an instructor pilot, experimental test pilot and product manager. Following his retirement from active service, he became a professor at the University of Tennessee Space Institute where he led the Flight Research Office and Aviation Systems program. He departed academia to become the Chief Engineer of the RAH-66 program. Following the cancellation of the program, he became the Director of the US Army Aviation Engineering Directorate conducting airworthiness for the Army fleet. In 2012 he became the Director of the US Army Aviation Development Directorate leading the Aviation Science and Technology portfolio. During this period he initiated the Joint Multi-role (JMR) rotorcraft program, the Degraded Visual Environment program and most recently the Aerial Launched Effects project. He holds a BS from the United States Military Academy, MS degrees from Air Force Institute of Technology and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and a PhD from the Georgia Institute of Technology. He is married to Cynthia and has two adult sons. Dr. Lewis is currently the President and CEO of the Tennessee Technical Test Team; an aerospace consulting firm.